Match Reports




Doctors beat South West Pharmaceuticals by 27 runs

Doctors                        173 for 6


Pharmaceuticals            146 for 3


  Keith Powell (13) opened proceedings with 3 stylish boundaries but then perished to an over-ambitious drive against Tom Hopkins (1-32).   A fine opening spell by David Holland accounted for John Ogle who miscued a hook into the hands of Hopkins but a murderous 50 partnership between Andrew Paisley and James Murdoch then put Doctors on top.  Quality shots were plentiful as the batsmen got used to the slightly slow pace of the Cannington pitch and it took a top class leg cutter from Holland (2-20) to dismiss Murdoch (27), bowled off his pads.  Paisley (37) soon followed, caught by Hopkins off the persevering Nick Adair (1-36), but the new batsmen Andrew Dodden and Graham Fergusson were even more punishing.  Both fell in the quest for fast scoring, Dodden (20) to Damian Rice (1-41) and Fergusson (20), a deserved wicket for Rob Adcock (1-37), when he managed somehow to give Hopkins at long on his third catch with a flat batted drive to a ball which would otherwise have been called a wide.  Harry Lee compounded the bowlers’ misery as he blasted 24 not out with a cameo of elegant shots.


  Doctors ultra-reliable opening bowlers John Down and Sam Powell made scoring extremely difficult in the early part of the Pharmaceuticals’ reply and it was Down (1-18) who made the breakthrough when keeper Fergusson, standing up to the wicket to the quicker bowlers in Jack Russell style, effected a lightening stumping of which Russell would have been proud.  The batsmen Rice and Holland decided that attack was the best form of defence and an entertaining battle ensued.  Rice’s belligerent innings of 30 ended when he was lbw to Peter Reed (1-30) and then Lee (1-24) bowled a critical spell of controlled away swing which stifled the batsmen who were looking to accelerate.  With the required run rate becoming monumental Doctors lost concentration and the fielding became ragged and three catches were put down.  Jeremy Budd, on loan to the opposition, came in to play a confident knock of 30 not out and Holland kept battering away in an unbeaten innings of 65 that contained 8 fours and 2 sixes, but the visitors never quite got within range and Doctors ran out comfortable winners.